You don’t have to jump through hoops to see the “Rings and Things” themed Recycled Art Show by the Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania. All you need to do is hop on their website and take a look at all the wonderful art created through recycled material in a virtual gallery, or if you are downtown take a gander through the window of the gallery at 123 S. Fraser St., State College.
Just don’t forget to vote for the coveted People’s Choice Winner.
The Recycled Art Show has been running strong for 26 years, and while this year’s show is a little different the show still gives artists a chance to create outside their typical mediums, making art of things that may have been thrown away otherwise.
“It’s a celebration of what can be conjured from throwaways,” said Annie Matsick.
She has been chair of the show for the past 16 years and she said it is something that artists love to participate in.
“Many say it’s their favorite Art Alliance show and are eager to hear the theme released so they can get started," Matsick said. "Most artists are working outside their usual medium so it’s a challenge to find workable materials in cast-offs. There is a lot of chatter at receiving since entrants love talking about their ‘finds’ and how their pieces developed. Each entry is truly unique and has a story.”
She said this year’s “Rings and Things” theme was meant to, “stir visual thought. We try to pick one that allows for a wide variety of ideas, both literal and conceptual. It’s always amazing to see the individual interpretations and the materials used, with everyone applying their own spin.”
The show was originally scheduled for April, but was pushed back this year due to COVID-19. Board member and resident photographer Stacie Bird created the display and photographed each piece that can be enjoyed safely online.
Viewers are encouraged to vote for a favorite display, and the People’s Choice Award winner will receive $100. Three runners-up will receive certificates worth $50 toward Art Alliance membership, show entry, or a class. The exhibit will be up through July. Voting will close when the exhibit is taken down.
If viewing the show gets your creative juices flowing, next year’s theme is “Red Hot.”